Item Grinding (Guide)

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Introduction[edit]

Grinds vs. carousels vs. conversions[edit]

For the purposes of this guide, a grind is a single repeatable action that reliably gives decent quantities of the expected item at little or no cost (besides actions). Grinds tend to generate lower-tier items, like Shard.png Shards of Glim and Waxjar.png Primordial Shrieks. For higher-tier items, you'll likely need to convert or do a carousel.

A carousel is a repeatable multi-action process. This guide includes some carousels, as these can also be considered a type of grind. Carousels involve going through a set series of actions, sometimes more than once, and often require raising a quality to a certain level and then cashing it out. Examples include the Boxful of Intrigue carousel (often used to obtain Candleblack.png Mourning Candles), Dramatic Tension carousels War of Assassins and Wilmot's End (for Gift.png Collections of Curiosities), and the various Arbor grinds. Another type of carousel involves a series of item conversions—notably the Cross conversion carousel for 50p items, which converts 50 of each item to 51 of the next and also raises Sidebarmakingwaves.png Making Waves at certain points.

The third major way to obtain significant quantities of an item in Fallen London is to convert other items. This includes up-conversions (e.g., Honey.png 50 x Drops of Prisoner's Honey to Heart.png 10 x Romantic Notions) and side-conversions (e.g., Papers3.png 50 x Compromising Documents to Mirror.png 51 x Memories of Light). Since conversions are fairly straightforward and covered elsewhere, this guide does not attempt to list them all. For more information, refer to Items (Guide).

Grindable sources[edit]

The next sections list some of the most accessible and efficient grinds/carousels, and their requirements, for easy reference. Actions that are non-repeatable, or not easily repeatable (e.g., opportunity cards), are not included.

Academic[edit]

Academic items include: Foxfire Candle Stub, Flask of Abominable Salts, Memory of Distant Shores, Unprovenanced Artefact, and Volume of Collated Research.

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Foxfire Candle Stub[edit]

Labyrinth.png The Labyrinth of Tigers

Empresscourt.png The Empress' Court

Shutteredpalace.png The Shuttered Palace

Memory of Distant Shores[edit]

Bone17.png The Bone Market

Incisive Observation[edit]

Books[edit]

Book items include: Revisionist Historical Narrative, Corrective Historical Narrative, Slim Volume of Bazaarine Poetry, Page of Cryptopalaeontological Notes, Page of Prelapsarian Archaeological Notes, and Page of Theosophistical Notes.

Cartography[edit]

Cartography items include: Shard of Glim, Map Scrap, Zee-Ztory, Partial Map, Puzzling Map, Cartographer's Hoard, and Collection of Curiosities.

Shard.png

Shard of Glim[edit]

Empresscourt.png The Empress' Court

Flit.png The Flit

Flit.png Plan a Heist

Spite.png Spite

Labyrinth.png The Labyrinth of Tigers

Wolfstack.png Wolfstack Docks

Contraband[edit]

Contraband items include: Flawed Diamond, Ostentatious Diamond, London Street Sign, Use of Villains, Comprehensive Bribe, Magnificent Diamond, Rookery Password, and Fabulous Diamond.

Papers3.png

Comprehensive Bribe[edit]

Viric.png Viric Jungle

Fistful of Surface Currency[edit]

Shutteredpalace.png The Shuttered Palace

Veilgarden.png Veilgarden

London Street Sign[edit]

Empresscourt.png The Empress' Court

Use of Villains[edit]

Wilmotsend.png Wilmot's End

Currency[edit]

Currency items include: Fistful of Surface Currency and Justificande Coin.

Currency3 silver.png

One of the best ways to get Justificande Coin is A bag of jangling coins from the Capering Relicker once you've opened the station at Ealing Gardens, but this is not strictly grindable per se.

Fistful of Surface Currency[edit]

Shutteredpalace.png The Shuttered Palace

Veilgarden.png Veilgarden

Justificande Coin[edit]

Flit.png Plan a Heist

Chesspiece apocyan.png The Chessboard

Wolfstack.png The Blind Helmsman

Curiosity[edit]

Curiosity items include: Venom-Ruby, Sapphire, Horsehead Amulet, Whirring Contraption, and Strong-Backed Labour.

Elder[edit]

Elder items include: Jade Fragment, Relic of the Third City, Mystery of the Elder Continent, Presbyterate Passphrase, Antique Mystery, Primaeval Hint, and Elemental Secret.

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Jade Fragment[edit]

Flit.png The Flit

Watchmakershill.png Watchmaker's Hill

Ruinssecond.png The Magistracy of the Evenlode

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Relic of the Third City[edit]

Spite.png Spite

Antique Mystery[edit]

Goods[edit]

Goods items include: Certifiable Scrap, Nevercold Brass Sliver, Relic of the Fourth City, Relic of the Second City, Piece of Rostygold, and Knob of Scintillack.

Nevercold brass.png

Brass Sliver[edit]

Mahoganyhall.png Mahogany Hall

Railway.png Upper River

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Piece of Rostygold[edit]

Empresscourt.png The Empress' Court

Watchmakershill.png Watchmaker's Hill

Wolfstack.png The Blind Helmsman

Great Game[edit]

Great Game items include: Well-Placed Pawn, Final Breath, Moves in the Great Game, Vienna Opening, and Vital Intelligence.

Pawn TC.png

Final Breath[edit]

Bone17.png The Bone Market

Historical[edit]

Historical items include Trace of the First City, Relic of the Second City, Relic of the Fourth City, Rusted Stirrup, and Silver Cat's Claw.

Infernal[edit]

Infernal items include: Soul, Amanita Sherry, Brilliant Soul, Muscaria Brandy, Brass Ring, Devilbone Die, Queer Soul, Silent Soul, Portfolio of Souls, Bright Brass Skull, and Coruscating Soul.

Bottledsoul.png

Soul[edit]

Bottle.png Merrigans Exchange

  • Bottledsoul.png x 25  for 1 Icon-echo.png

Flit.png The Flit

Spite.png Spite

Handstop.png Ealing Gardens

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Brilliant Souls[edit]

Flit.png The Flit

Church.png Burrow-Infra-Mump

Queer Soul[edit]

Church.png Burrow-Infra-Mump

Influence[edit]

Influence items include: Stolen Correspondence, Intriguing Snippet, Compromising Document, Secluded Address, Stolen Kiss, Favour in High Places, and Personal Recommendation.

Papers.png

Stolen Correspondence[edit]

Empresscourt.png The Empress' Court

Flit.png The Flit

Spite.png Spite

Compromising Document[edit]

Spite.png Spite


Stolen Kiss[edit]

Spite.png Spite


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Favour in High Places[edit]

Veilgarden.png Veilgarden

Adamsway.png Arbor, of the Roses

Legal[edit]

Legal items include: Infernal Contract, Dubious Testimony, Sworn Statement, and Legal Document.

Document.png

Infernal Contract[edit]

Labyrinth.png The Labyrinth of Tigers

Flit.png The Flit

Watchmakershill.png Watchmaker's Hill

Paperstack.png


Sworn Statement[edit]

Adamsway.png Arbor, of the Roses

Church.png Burrow-Infra-Mump

Luminosity[edit]

Luminosity items include: Lump of Lamplighter Beeswax, Phosphorescent Scarab, Memory of Light, Mourning Candle, Patent Scrutinizer, Eyeless Skull, Bejewelled Lens, and Ray-Drenched Cinder.

NB! Buying Lump of Lamplighter Beeswax and upconverting it is a good way of obtaining Luminosity items, however it increases Advancing the Liberation of Night with every conversion. Currently TLoN doesn't have any averse gameplay impact, but this might change in future.

Lump of Lamplighter Beeswax[edit]

NB! If you have even a half-decent money grind, buying beeswax will beat all grinding methods listed below.

Bottle.png Merrigans Exchange

  • Lamplighter beeswax.png x 50  for 1 Icon-echo.png
Beetle.png

Ladybones.png Ladybones Road

Phosphorescent Scarab[edit]

NB! Best method to get scarabs is to buy Lamplighter beeswax.png Lump of Lamplighter Beeswax and upconvert.

Labyrinth.png The Labyrinth of Tigers


Mirror.png Memory of Light[edit]

  • Side convert Compromising documents

Buying Lamplighter beeswax.png x 500 Lump of Lamplighter Beeswax and upconverting:

  • Mirror.png x 21  per 10 Icon-echo.png spent on Lamplighter beeswax.png x 500 . Action cost will be 10 / <your EPA> + 3. For example, with EPA of 2.5 this grind will net you Mirror.png x 3 Memory of Light per action.


Mourning Candle[edit]

Spite.png Spite

Mysteries[edit]

Mysteries items include: Whispered Hint, Cryptic Clue, Appalling Secret, Tale of Terror!!, Journal of Infamy, Extraordinary Implication, Uncanny Incunabulum, Direful Reflection, Searing Enigma, Dreadful Surmise, and Impossible Theorem.

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Whispered Hint[edit]

Labyrinth.png The Labyrinth of Tigers

Island1.png Mutton Island at Island2.png 7–8

Empresscourt.png The Empress' Court

Flit.png The Flit

Crypticsecret.png

Cryptic Clue[edit]

University.png The University and Flit.png The Flit

Island1.png Mutton Island

Spite.png Spite

Wolfstack.png Wolfstack Docks

Church.png Burrow-Infra-Mump

Mahoganyhall.png Mahogany Hall

Appalling Secret[edit]

Church.png Burrow-Infra-Mump

Cavelake.png The Wellspring of Moulin

Implication.png

Extraordinary Implication[edit]

Labyrinth.png The Labyrinth of Tigers

Adamsway.png Arbor, of the Roses

Viric.png Viric Jungle

Nostalgia[edit]

Nostalgia items include: Drop of Prisoner's Honey, Romantic Notion, Vision of the Surface, Touching Love Story, Bazaar Permit, and Soothe & Cooper Long-Box.

Honey.png

Drop of Prisoner's Honey[edit]

University.png University Laboratory

Empresscourt.png The Empress' Court

Veilgarden.png Veilgarden

Heart.png

Romantic Notion[edit]

Polythreme.png Polythreme Streets

Adoration.png

Touching Love Story[edit]

Flit.png Plan a Heist

Spite.png Spite

Document.png

Bazaar Permit[edit]

Flit.png The Flit

Flit.png Plan a Heist

Osteology[edit]

Human Arm[edit]

Church.png Burrow-Infra-Mump

Flit.png The Flit

Bone17.png The Bone Market

Human Ribcage[edit]

Shutteredpalace.png The Shuttered Palace

Rag Trade[edit]

Rag Trade items include: Silk Scrap, Surface-Silk Scrap, Whisper-Satin Scrap, Thirsty Bombazine Scrap, Puzzle-Damask Scrap, Parabola-Linen Scrap, Scrap of Ivory Organza, and Veils-Velvet Scrap.

Silk.png

Silk Scrap[edit]

Empresscourt.png The Empress' Court

  • Silk.png x 6000  Performing A Documentary when reinstated to Court provides up to 150 per action.

Spite.png Spite

Hunterskeep port.png Hunter's Keep

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Surface-silk Scrap[edit]

Polythreme.png Polythreme Streets

Spite.png Spite

Ratness[edit]

Ratness items include: Rat on a String, Baptised Rattus Faber Corpse, Rat of Glory, and Venge-Rat Corpse.

Ratsstring.png

Rat on a String[edit]

Watchmakershill.png Watchmaker's Hill

Spite.png Spite

Rubbery[edit]

Rubbery items include: Nodule of Deep Amber, Unearthly Fossil, Nodule of Trembling Amber, Nodule of Warm Amber, Nodule of Pulsating Amber, Nodule of Fecund Amber, and Fluke-Core.

Nodule of Deep Amber[edit]

Bottle.png Merrigans Exchange

  • Amber.png x 33.(3)  for 1 Icon-echo.png

Slime and Amber: the Rubbery Men

Veilgarden.png Veilgarden

Forgottenquarter.png The Forgotten Quarter

Empresscourt.png The Empress' Court

Mahoganyhall.png Mahogany Hall

Nodule of Warm Amber[edit]

Bone17.png The Bone Market

Station.png Helicon House

Rumour[edit]

Rumour items include: Proscribed Material, Inkling of Identity, Scrap of Incendiary Gossip, An Identity Uncovered!, Night on the Town, Blackmail Material, Diary of the Dead, Intriguer's Compendium, and Rumourmonger's Network.

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Proscribed Material[edit]

Flit.png The Flit

Watchmakershill.png Watchmaker's Hill

Foreignoffice.png The Foreign Office

Other

Sustenance[edit]

Sustenance items include Parabolan Orange-Apple, Jasmine Leaves, Basket of Rubbery Pies, Crate of Incorruptible Biscuits, Tin of Zzoup, Hand-Picked Peppercaps, and Sausage About Which No One Complains.

Basket of Rubbery Pies

Bone17.png The Bone Market

Theological[edit]

Theological items include Verse of Counter-Creed, Palimpsest Scrap, Apostate's Psalm, and False Hagiotoponym.

Wild Words[edit]

Wild Words items include: Primordial Shriek, Maniac's Prayer, Correspondence Plaque, Aeolian Scream, Storm-Threnody, Night-Whisper, Starstone Demark, and Breath of the Void.

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Primordial Shriek[edit]

Endgame players with access to highly profitable grinds (anything above Icon-echo.png 2.75 per action) are better off just buying Primordial Shrieks from the Bazaar.

Labyrinth.png The Labyrinth of Tigers

  • Waxjar.png x 1050 (failure: 700) for Breed the Somnolent Hyaena via Discipline at Cardfan.png Luck 70%. Assuming high stats and using the Lab to generate the required Honey, this averages to 945 Shrieks every 13.8 actions, which is 68.48 Shrieks (Icon-echo.png 1.37) per action.

Ladybones.png Ladybones Road

Maniac's Prayer[edit]

Labyrinth.png The Labyrinth of Tigers


Aeolian Scream[edit]

Spite.png Spite

Wines [edit]

Wines items include: Bottle of Greyfields 1879, Bottle of Greyfields 1882, Bottle of Greyfields 1868 First Sporing, Bottle of Morelways 1872, Bottle of Strangling Willow Absinthe, Bottle of Broken Giant 1844, Cellar of Wine, Bottle of Fourth City Airag: Year of the Tortoise, Vial of Tears of the Bazaar, and Vial of Masters' Blood.

Bottle of Greyfields 1879[edit]

Veilgarden.png Veilgarden


Bottle of Greyfields 1882[edit]

Ladybones.png Ladybones Road


Bottle of Strangling Willow Absinthe[edit]

Spite.png Spite

Zee Treasures[edit]

Zee Treasures items include: Moon-Pearl, Deep-zee Catch, Royal-Blue Feather, Ambiguous Eolith, Carved Ball of Stygian Ivory, and Live Specimen.

Moonpearl.png

Moon-Pearl[edit]

Flit.png The Flit

Watchmakershill.png Watchmaker's Hill